Originally Posted by redsfanmia
If they were so talented why did they get smacked in the tournament by powerhouse Pepperdine?
While I agree with AH that the latter Knight coached teams mentioned were significantly more talented than the teams that blew them out in the NCAAs - some of them arguably as talented as the 2002 NC runner up team - I believe that you hit the nail on the head about the aforementioned teams playing as if they couldn't wait for the season to end; a sign that Knight's methods were no longer working with highly-touted recruits for whatever reason.
Translation: Top - flight talent was, and still is, a necessity at a school such as I.U and the days of getting it done (read: National Championships) with a group of overachievers willing to buy into a certain rigid system - like Knight's - were/are over.
Also, top -flight, or even diamond - in -the -rough recruits like Oladipo, are not going to sign with a School just because of the uniform.
If that were the case, blue-chippers would have flocked to UK during the Tubby Smith and Billy Clyde years. They want to play for Calipari, first and foremost.
Highly touted players want to play for Crean that wouldn't have given the Mike Davis led program a passing glance.
You're not going to come close to winning a National championship at a school like IU without the ability to recruit top-flight talent. If nothing else, Crean has proven he can recruit and develop players. Replacing Crean with an excellent X and O coach, who may well not run a desirable system for top-flight recruits and / or hasn't shown the ability to recruit top -flight talent Nationwide is a considerable risk, IMO. And coaches who can do both don't grow on trees and are settled into great situations of their own.
Just something to think about.